\ ˈthaŋk How to pronounce thank (audio) \
thanked; thanking; thanks

Definition of thank

transitive verb

1 : to express gratitude to thanked her for the present used in the phrase thank you usually without a subject to politely express gratitudethank you for your consideration or sometimes to emphasize a preceding statement especially by implying that it is not subject to questionlikes her job just fine, thank you used in such phrases as thank God, thank goodness usually without a subject to express gratitude or more often only the speaker's or writer's pleasure or satisfaction in something
2 : to hold responsible had only himself to thank for his loss

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Other Words from thank

thanker noun

Examples of thank in a Sentence

I want to thank everyone who helped today. There's no need to thank me. Anyone would have done the same.
Recent Examples on the Web Proud to be a part of this , thank you for having me at your table, and the Boss for making this masterpiece of a dress.... Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Is Unrecognizable in a Gothic Wig During Paris Fashion Week," 29 Feb. 2020 Kudos to Zaya for coming out in the age of transphobia and thank you Dwyane for publicly showing your support! Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Shea Diamond, Nomi Ruiz & More Condemn Transphobic Comments About Dwyane Wade's Daughter: Exclusive," 19 Feb. 2020 Half the participants were told the gift cards were intended to thank them for donating blood. Gretchen Chapman, The Conversation, "Paying all blood donors might not be worth it," 21 Feb. 2020 With the loads of vitamin C from the oranges and the combination of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, riboflavin and manganese found in avocados, your immune system will be thanking you. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This February," 10 Feb. 2020 Of course not, but thank you Tibi for showing us the light. Audrey Noble, Allure, "The Best Nail Art and Manicures Spotted at NYFW Fall/Winter 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 Throughout the night, and in the days following, people thanked us for giving them a place to gather, grieve, and be together. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, "How an Ex-Pat Bake Sale Raised $24K For Australia," 26 Jan. 2020 Heather Rae Young paused this week to thank her boyfriend, HGTV star Tarek El Moussa, for his unconditional love. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "Heather Rae Young Doesn't Mince Words About Tarek El Moussa: " I’m in Love"," 24 Jan. 2020 On Friday, the couple released a statement thanking the medical staff at AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates. NBC News, "Coronavirus updates: U.S., Japanese citizens die in Wuhan and global deaths at least 724," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of thank

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thank

Middle English, from Old English thancian; akin to Old English thanc gratitude — more at thanks

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The first known use of thank was before the 12th century

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25 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce thank (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of thank

: to tell (someone) that you are grateful for something that he or she has done or given


\ ˈthaŋk How to pronounce thank (audio) \
thanked; thanking

Kids Definition of thank

1 : to express gratitude to
2 : to hold responsible I can thank myself for my problem.

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